I will present my argument here at a later time.
For now, I'd like to lay to rest the strawman of associating anti-Vaccine sentiment with Andrew Wakefield. The problems were well known in the early part of the 20th century, hence the book given above, and as for more modern times, Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic noted in a recent paper that "Deliberately concealing information from parents for the sole purpose of getting them to comply with an “official” vaccination schedule could be considered as a form of ethical violation or misconduct. Official documents obtained from the UK Department of Health (DH) and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) reveal that the British health authorities have been engaging in such practice for the last 30 years, apparently for the sole purpose of protecting the national vaccination program." and "Here I present the documentation which appears to show that the JCVI made continuous efforts to withhold critical data on severe adverse reactions and contraindications to vaccinations to both parents and health practitioners in order to reach overall vaccination rates which they deemed were necessary for “herd immunity”, a concept which with regards to vaccination, and contrary to prevalent beliefs, does not rest on solid scientific evidence as will be explained. As a result of such vaccination policy promoted by the JCVI and the DH, many children have been vaccinated without their parents being disclosed the critical information about demonstrated risks of serious adverse reactions, one that the JCVI appeared to have been fully aware of. It would also appear that, by withholding this information, the JCVI/DH neglected the right of individuals to make an informed consent concerning vaccination. By doing so, the JCVI/DH may have violated not only International Guidelines for Medical Ethics." and "The transcripts of the JCVI meetings also show that some of the Committee members had extensive ties to pharmaceutical companies and that the JCVI frequently co-operated with vaccine manufacturers on strategies aimed at boosting vaccine uptake. Some of the meetings at which such controversial items were discussed were not intended to be publicly available, as the transcripts were only released later, through the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). These particular meetings are denoted in the transcripts as “commercial in confidence”, and reveal a clear and disturbing lack of transparency, as some of the information was removed from the text (i.e., the names of the participants) prior to transcript release under the FOI section at the JCVI website.": http://www.ecomed.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/3-tomljenovic.pdf – see more here: http://www.ecomed.org.uk/publications/the-health-hazards-of-disease-prevention also of interest is the article in the journal "Inorganic Biochemistry" entitled "Do aluminum vaccine adjuvants contribute to the rising prevalence of autism?": http://omsj.org/reports/tomljenovic%202011.pdf
See also the article, "Hepatitis B vaccination of male neonates and autism diagnosis, NHIS 1997-2002.", which states, " Findings suggest that U.S. male neonates vaccinated with the hepatitis B vaccine prior to 1999 (from vaccination record) had a threefold higher risk for parental report of autism diagnosis compared to boys not vaccinated as neonates during that same time period. Nonwhite boys bore a greater risk.": http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21058170
See also, "A positive association found between autism prevalence and childhood vaccination uptake across the U.S. population.", the abstract of which states, "Although individuals probably have a genetic predisposition to develop autism, researchers suspect that one or more environmental triggers are also needed. One of those triggers might be the battery of vaccinations that young children receive. Using regression analysis and controlling for family income and ethnicity, the relationship between the proportion of children who received the recommended vaccines by age 2 years and the prevalence of autism (AUT) or speech or language impairment (SLI) in each U.S. state from 2001 and 2007 was determined. A positive and statistically significant relationship was found: The higher the proportion of children receiving recommended vaccinations, the higher was the prevalence of AUT or SLI. A 1% increase in vaccination was associated with an additional 680 children having AUT or SLI.": http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21623535
See also "Serological Association of Measles Virus and Human Herpesvirus-6 with Brain Autoantibodies in Autism". The authors of the study note: "As described here, the overall levels of measles antibody and HHV-6 antibody were not significantly elevated in autistic children but a high proportion (85%) of them had positive measles antibody titers. This was an excellent rate of seroconversion post-MMR immunization since virtually all subjects in the study had their MMR immunizations and none had any history of wild-type measles virus infection.":
Other relevant commentary comes from "Phenotypic expression of autoimmune autistic disorder (AAD): a major subset of autism." – from the abstract, we find that "Many autistic children harbored brain myelin basic protein autoantibodies and elevated levels of antibodies to measles virus and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.": http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19758536
See also "Abnormal measles-mumps-rubella antibodies and CNS autoimmunity in children with autism.": http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12145534
Thus the association of all of this with Wakefield, and the ensuing attack, is a strawman, as evidence persists in spite of him. much corroborating research has confirmed the sentiment of Andrew Wakefield – some has been given, but the following, of interest, is further corroboration, offering more studies. This is from an "alternative media" website, but the documentation is valid nonetheless: http://www.thelibertybeacon.com/2013/06/21/new-published-study-verifies-andrew-wakefields-research-on-autism-again-mmr-vaccine-causes-autism/
Here is another such post, that touches on some relevant issues in this, that is of interest: http://skepticdenialism.blogspot.com/2011/12/evidence-1.html
For 81 studies linking vaccines and autism, see the following: http://adventuresinautism.blogspot.com/2007/06/no-evidence-of-any-link.html
For more on vaccines, including vaccine failures and vaccines as vectors of disease, the following directory of studies is of relevance: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/anti-therapeutic-action/vaccination-all
March 16, 2015
regarding the below
I presume the link you put up here was this?: http://www.ringoffireradio.com/2015/02/cdc-scientist-still-maintains-agency-forced-researchers-lie-safety-mercury-based-vaccines/ - if not, please realize that your link was truncated, and please post the correct one. Otherwise, your commentary is quite helpful.
this is also of interest: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/03/15/the-doctor-who-beat-the-british-general-medical-council-by-proving-that-vaccines-arent-necessary-to-achieve-health/
March 15, 2015
Horrors of vaccination
No issue brings out the trolls and astroturf media true believers like this one and the previous essay was right to bring this up. Despite all the research showing a positive association between vaccines, autism, and other adverse events, we're getting the spin double time because there's a whistleblower hearing coming up this spring involving a senior CDC scientist who maintains that CDC higher ups demanded that researchers lie and hide data showing several associations between vaccines and autism, most notably the 340% increased risk of autism to African American boys from the MMR. http://www.ringoffireradio.com/.../cdc-scientist-still.../
Thompson made his disclosures in the middle of Ferguson protests and industry and public health are anticipating a major backlash. He also made the disclosure only months after a Homeland Security adviser admitted fake vaccine philanthropy campaigns had been used in multiple military operations, not just the mission to kill Bin Laden. A lot more than public health is riding on this.
Once the hearings bring forth the thousands of pages of evidence that Thompson has already filed with members of Congress, it will be impossible for the astroturf media to spin the disclosure as unimportant or exaggerated. They'll only be able to attack the whistleblower. Reference Snowden to see how well that goes over with the public once the evidence is in hand.
What makes it worse is that the CDC has campaigned to tie vaccine compliance to programs like WIC and Medicaid in an open attempt to increase African American and other minority groups' vaccination rates even *after* officials there knew that some ethnic groups are more prone to adverse events. Prior to 2003, the CDC had been wondering aloud about the vanishingly low rates of autism among Hispanic kids as well as relatively low rates among AA at the same time it bemoaned these groups' lack of vaccine compliance. The CDC blamed jaundice since Tuskegee, opined it could not easily be overcome and simply took coercive measures.
Now rates of autism are the highest among AA, Hispanic and certain immigrant groups. Furthermore, the CDC whistleblower openly apologized to Andrew Wakefield for the withheld data, saying it would have exonerated the Lancet study. In other words, the optics on this are very, very bad for industry and regulators and explain why there's such a heavy push now to remove all vaccine exemptions on a state by state basis and why there's federal legislation in the works in case the state campaigns fail. It's pure bureaucratic panic. Basically the vaccine program just committed suicide. Any fallout in terms of dropping compliance rates will be industry's and corrupt regulators' fault for running away from the evidence rather than fixing the problem.
Autism is really about damaged cellular pathways and there's more than one way to skin a cat and generate the approximate damage it takes to cause the condition-- so there's also more than one way to remedy it. But to date, vaccines are by far the most ubiquitous source of exposure to certain heavy metals (which exist in vaccines specifically to depress the immune system) combined with live viruses at the most critical stages of development which are also delivered in a way that bypass all the body's usual defenses. Less common causes like the drug Depakote, certain pesticides (both of which share about a half a dozen overlaps with the effects of mercury on brain cells and metabolism) or mercury pollution from coal-fired plants and highway deposition really only verify that shots are a major cause of the epidemic. And it is an epidemic. There weren't enough beds in public or private institutions or slots in SSI/SSRI per capita 50 years ago to cover even a fraction of today's autism rate. 85% of those affected are under the age of 24 and 84% of which is severe and could not have simply "passed for normal" in days of yore. Not even the head of the NIMH pretends that rates aren't rising fast.